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Wild Wonders Outdoor Theater

Animal Encounters

It’s a pretty wild world out there – and we bring you the wonder of it. Meet animals daily – you never know who you’ll see. Watch animals and keepers present training demos at 12pm daily, and an additional demo at 2:30pm on Saturday and Sunday.

Discover Wild Wonders

Animal Training Demo
Shows daily.
Watch keepers train animals like a king vulture, tamandua or aardvark for behaviors they would naturally do in the wild. It's good enrichment, and helps them participate in their own health care.
  • 12pm weekdays
  • 12pm & 2:30pm weekends
Watch Ruby the Hornbill Train
Wild Zoo Tour
Walk on the wild side.
Grab your phone or camera and your household and tour the zoo before we open! This unique Zoo For You experience gets you prime animal time, ending with a special animal encounter at the Wild Wonders Outdoor Theater.
Zoo For You
Keeper Life
Lots of training involved.
What's it like to be a zookeeper at Wild Wonders? Well, there's a lot of training, every day - plus some very cool animals. Read the blog story to find out!
Zookeeper Life: Jessie

Meet the animal ambassadors!


Protecting Wildlife

Saved from extinction.

THE THREAT: Some of our animal ambassadors in the Wild Wonders Outdoor Theater are from species that are threatened in the wild: bald eagles, Canada lynx, clouded leopard.

TAKE ACTION: The good news is that humans can help save animal species. We brought bald eagles back from the brink of extinction. We can save others.

Wild Stories

And her name is…Gertie!

After a week of public voting, fans chose Gertie as the name for the new giant Pacific octopus in the Pacific Seas Aquarium at Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium. The name was one of six names chosen by aquarists. Over 7,100 votes came in online during the week, and the race was close. Gertie topped … Continued

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Animals Cool Off in the Heatwave

As a powerful heat wave hits the greater Tacoma area with temperatures nearing 100-degrees, keepers at both Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium in Tacoma, Wash. and Northwest Trek Wildlife Park in Eatonville, Wash. are finding ways to keep the animals cool. At Point Defiance Zoo, 2-month-old penguin chick Rio is just learning how to swim … Continued

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Bad luck for wildlife: 7 Animal Superstitions

Whenever Friday the 13th rolls around, even the least superstitious of us might look askance at a black cat or shiver at an owl hoot. But animal superstitions, although fun, can cause pretty bad luck for the wildlife who cross their paths. After all, we live in a world where 350,000 tourists can visit Scotland … Continued

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Other Animal Ambassadors
Get to know all the animals that live at the Wild Wonders Outdoor Theater! Find the full list here.